Definition of ignorance in English:



  • [mass noun] Lack of knowledge or information.

    ‘he acted in ignorance of basic procedures’
    • ‘Let the chattering classes recognize their stupidity and ignorance and ponder on them.’
    • ‘The ability of Marxists to forget their history and yet rise above their ignorance is profound.’
    • ‘Whether intentional or through ignorance, the blog in question is peddling lies.’
    • ‘Our work can only succeed if we keep the humans in a constant state of fear and ignorance.’
    • ‘Those people who would take us back to an age of ignorance and intolerance should be exposed and shunned.’
    • ‘There is such a great deal of ignorance of mental phenomena and physical phenomena.’
    • ‘We cannot be blinded by the smoke of ignorance, we must rise up and learn to see what is staring us straight in the face.’
    • ‘I hope that this is a matter of ignorance and not a well-thought-out, stable policy.’
    • ‘If it was purely ignorance, you'd expect the mistakes to display a normal distribution.’
    • ‘The biggest qualm I have with fair trade is its basic ignorance of comparative advantage.’
    • ‘But the emperor is also a prisoner of his own ignorance and fear of the world beyond his home.’
    • ‘So that part of her closing statements reveals her abiding stupidity and ignorance.’
    • ‘His enrolment was obviously greatly helped by his total ignorance of religion.’
    • ‘In fact, all sentient beings have that potential of being free from ignorance and confusion.’
    • ‘The legacy of Lindh is the confusion and ignorance that afflicts today's referendum.’
    • ‘Who are these people and why are they displaying their ignorance of such vital financial issues?’
    • ‘When the author seems complacent about imprisonment, it is not out of ignorance.’
    • ‘Our fear is based on ignorance, they loftily believe, and can be safely dismissed.’
    • ‘Of course, such attitudes are the epitome of ignorance, and reveal a total lack of wisdom.’
    • ‘There are vast tracts of ignorance in my knowledge and really there are lots of other people who know more than me.’
    lack of knowledge, lack of education
    incomprehension, unawareness, unconsciousness, inexperience, innocence
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Middle English: via Old French from Latin ignorantia, from ignorant- not knowing (see ignorant).